Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Timberwolves Player

Jimmy Butler

After playing six seasons for the Chicago Bulls (three of them All-Star campaigns), Jimmy Butler rejoined his former head coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota via a trade last June. Though he underperformed during his first few games as a Wolf, Jimmy Buckets would soon more than justify his nickname. Aside from leading the Timberwolves in scoring, Butler impacted the team for the better in less flashy ways—reliably contributing leadership, maturity, and defense. Though surrounded by talent—especially recent Rookie of the Year winners Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins—Butler was the biggest factor in all but assuring the Timberwolves would make the playoffs for the first time since George W. Bush’s first term. That is, until he suffered a meniscus injury in February. Buckets would return, eventually rallying his team into the postseason.

Readers’ Choice: Karl-Anthony Towns 

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Lynx Player Sylvia Fowles

Best Wild Player Eric Staal

Best Twins Player Byron Buxton

Best Vikings Player Case Keenum

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Jordan Murphy

Best Sports Fan Millie Wall

Best Sporting Event MIAC hockey

Best Sports Highlight The Minneapolis Miracle

Best Sportswriter Britt Robson

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Dan 'Common Man' Cole

Best TV Sportscaster Mark Rosen

Best TV Newsperson Jason Matheson

Best Columnist Jon Tevlin

Best TV Station Minneapolis Television Network

Best Radio Station KFAN

Best Radio Personality Cathy Wurzer

Best Podcast 'Gleeman & the Geek'

Best Website Wedge Live

Best Commercial Bauhaus Brew Labs

Best Instagram @maywaver

Best Tweeter @RandBallsStu

Best Viral Moment 'Stranger Things' dino hoodie

Best Local Girl/Boy Made Good Winona Ryder

Best Politicians Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham

Best Power Couple Tom Weber and Peggy Flanagan

Best Local Landmark Hahn/Cock

Best Hipster Trend Booze in movie theaters

Best Place to People-Watch Stone Arch Bridge

Best Dressed Jahna Peloquin

Best Suburb Richfield

Best Construction Project Allianz Field

Best Road Pierce Butler Route

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Biking in the winter

Best Parking Lot Stillwater Veterans Memorial

Best Public Bathroom Walker Art Center

Best Sign of Spring Nice Rides deployed